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Police say Abbotsford fatal shooting not linked to gang conflict

Chad Colivas, 41, identified as victim of killing on Monday night
Chad Colivas, 41, has been identified as the victim of the fatal shooting Monday night (March 21) in Abbotsford. (Facebook photo)

The victim of a fatal shooting Monday night in Abbotsford has been identified as 41-year-old Chad Colivas.

Police were called at about 9:50 p.m. to a residence in the 3500 block of Latimer Street in east Abbotsford, near Robert Bateman Secondary. Colivas had been shot in the lower level of the home and, despite life-saving attempts by first responders, he died on scene.

The case has since transitioned to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

IHIT spokesman Det.-Cpl. Sukhi Dhesi said the investigation is still in its early stages, but it does not appear that Colivas’s death is linked to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

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Dhesi said investigators want to speak to Colivas’s friends and associates to build a timeline of his activities in the days leading up to this death.

“These are complex files and we urge anyone with information to come forward to assist us in gathering answers for Mr. Colivas’s family,” she said.

Land title records indicate that the home is owned by his parents.

Police have not said whether Colivas lived there or was visiting at the time he was killed. He did not have a criminal record, according to the provincial court database.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident, or with dashcam or CCTV footage from the area between 9:30 and 11 p.m., to call the IHIT infoline at 1-877-551-4448

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Vikki Hopes

About the Author: Vikki Hopes

I have been a journalist for almost 40 years, and have been at the Abbotsford News since 1991.
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